Important Message On Coronavirus

Foundation Scotland – We are open

Reassurance on supporting communities, charities and social enterprises following the impact of Coronavirus
Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. We know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role - providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.
We want to reassure you that we will do what we can to support communities.

We are open as usual – our staff are now are working from home - we are working differently, working digitally. Staff work travel has been suspended so we will hold our meetings online.
All contacts including telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Please just continue to contact our staff through these means. Our IT systems enable us to work from home with no risk to data security and ensure there is limited disruption to services.

Please continue with grant applications – however please scan and email in any supporting documents. Our offices are closed for the time being, and we cannot receive mail – so please do not post any supporting documents. If you don’t have a scanner an option is to download a scanner app onto your smart phone – this uses the camera function to scan the document and convert it into a PDF for e-mail.

We aim to be as helpful as possible over the coming weeks - so our grantees can focus on supporting communities. Alongside continuing to deliver all our community funds and published grant-making programmes, we are taking the following steps:

  1. Relaxing deadlines for monitoring reports
  2. Increasing mentoring and support for grantees and investees
  3. Establishing payment holidays for social enterprises supported with loans
  4. Increasing cash flow support loans to social enterprises
  5. Planning to introduce rolling deadlines for some place-based Funds for those delivering any projects that address immediate community needs in light of the Coronavirus
  6. Working with other funders to pool resources
  7. Working with local community organisations and umbrella groups to gather information about local needs and how best to support these
  8. Establishing a Community Resilience and Recovery Fund
  9. Giving our staff paid time to work flexibly so that they can care for loved ones and also volunteer and support activity in their local community dealing with needs arising from the Coronavirus
  10. Asking you how we can best support your community

Please do get in touch, as normal, if you have questions.

 

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Lairg Fund passes £100,000 milestone

13 March 2018

Over £21,000 was distributed to projects across Lairg in 2017, from the Lairg Community Fund. This brings the total invested in the area to almost £105,000 since the fund opened in early 2011, making a positive difference to the local community.

Thirteen awards ranging from £485.00 to £2,500 were made in 2017.

Jeff Norrie, Chairman of Lairg Community Council, said the awards made last year have been to a wide range of projects which aim to enhance the quality of life for local residents and contribute to a vibrant, healthy and successful community.

“Again the Fund has supported a wide range of projects, from helping grow the local economy to supporting a variety of community activities and services.” he said.

“We also realise none of these projects would happen without the continued contribution volunteers make to our community and the Community Council thanks them for this,” he added.

The 13 awards in 2017 were;

1. Lairg and District Community Initiative - £2,500.00. To contribute to the cost of employing a Project Officer for 12 months, who will develop a facility to provide long-term residential care for elderly and infirm people in the local area.
2. Visit Lairg and Rogart - £2,000.00. To fund an initial branding and marketing campaign for the group, including establishing a distinct brand identity and website.
3. Lairg Community Council - £629.65. To provide a micro-grant scheme for 2017.
4. Lairg and District Community Initiative - £2,000.00. To fund six months of running costs, including phone, broadband, office rental and accountancy.
5. Lairg Primary School Parent Council - £2,000.00. To contribute to the cost of a trip to Loch Insh Outdoor Centre, Kingussie for P5-P7 pupils.
6. Friends of the Bradbury Centre - £485.00. To fund six music sessions with various artists and clubs to provide musical therapy to Bradbury Centre clients.
7. Lairg and District Community Initiative - £1,235.00. To contribute to the cost of Winterfest 2017, including reindeer, hall hire, gifts and entertainment.
8. Lairg Community Association Children's Party - £1,000.00. To purchase refreshments for the annual Halloween and Christmas parties as well as contribute to the cost of gifts for the Christmas party.
9. Lairg Friendship Club - £1,650.00. To contribute to the cost of the group's annual outing and Christmas party.
10. Lairg Community Association - £2,078.00. To purchase a vacuum cleaner and floor scrubber/dryer to assist with keeping the community centre clean.
11. Lairg Gala Week - £2,500.00. To purchase ground guards which will be used at community events.
12. Sutherland Schools Pipe Band - £600.00. To contribute towards equipment costs.
13. Lairg Small Bore Rifle Club - £2,500.00. To purchase new equipment for the club, including jackets, slings, mats, scopes, ear defenders and targets.

Applications to the Lairg Fund should be made to Foundation Scotland at least one month before the Lairg Community Council meeting at which the applicant wishes it to be considered.

More information on the Fund can be found at www.foundationscotland.org.uk/lairg

The dates for all planned meetings of the Lairg Community Council are available on its website at: www.lairgcommunitycouncil.co.uk

Since 2011, the Fund benefited from c. £14,000 annually from the three turbines at Cnoc Na Inghinnin owned by Lairg Wind Farm Ltd. In 2017, this amount rose to £22,000 due to the wind farm capacity increasing.


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